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FS14: Two Day Fine Art Sale

Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A Stage Design, Possibly For Guielgud's Macbeth

Auction Lot FS14/505

Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A stage design, possibly for Guielgud's Macbeth - signed and dated '94-' also inscribed with annotation 'Note for Mr Johnstone:-.......... gouache, overall size 33 x 48cm Michael Ayrton: Painter and sculptor, theatre designer, illustrator, broadcaster, writer and critic. His father a poet and art critic, his mother a prominent feminist and member of the labour party. His early influences were Paval Tchelitchew, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. At 18 he was commissioned to design Gielgud's Macbeth at Camberwell School of Art 1942-1944. He pursued sculpture from the mid 1950s obsessed by certain themes; the skull, the maze, the Monotaur and Daedalus. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1955, a posthumous show at Agnews in 1984, an exhibition 'The Figure Celebrated' at Bruton Gallery Leeds 2001, and 'Landscape' at Edward Clark 2004.

Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A Stage Design, Possibly For Guielgud's Macbeth (FS14/505) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 18th April 2012 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

Michael Ayrton [1921-1975] - A stage design, possibly for Guielgud's Macbeth - signed and dated '94-' also inscribed with annotation 'Note for Mr Johnstone:-.......... gouache, overall size 33 x 48cm Michael Ayrton: Painter and sculptor, theatre designer, illustrator, broadcaster, writer and critic. His father a poet and art critic, his mother a prominent feminist and member of the labour party. His early influences were Paval Tchelitchew, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. At 18 he was commissioned to design Gielgud's Macbeth at Camberwell School of Art 1942-1944. He pursued sculpture from the mid 1950s obsessed by certain themes; the skull, the maze, the Monotaur and Daedalus. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1955, a posthumous show at Agnews in 1984, an exhibition 'The Figure Celebrated' at Bruton Gallery Leeds 2001, and 'Landscape' at Edward Clark 2004.

This lot is subject to Droit de Suite.

Price Realised

£750

Department

Pictures

Fine Art Knowledge Base

Sale Information

FS14: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Wednesday, 18th April 2012
Okehampton Street, Exeter

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